NEW FEATURE -- Thursday’s List: The Campaign Cash Dash

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Every election year, pundits like to pontificate about who can win and why. This year is no different. You’ll hear them say: There is anger in the land. Revolution is in the air. People want change (or maybe change from change).

But every year – in mid-January – we get the best indicator of who is up and who is down… Who is going to win and who is just fooling himself or herself.

Sure, every once in a while, an underfunded underdog takes flight. But that happens about as often as any other kind of dog flies. Just like most other places in America, in the political world, the golden rule holds – and money is king.

So here are this year’s winners of the money primary, based on the cash they have on hand in their campaign accounts:

1) Governor Martin O’Malley ………………….……$5,720,000
2) Attorney General Doug Gansler ………………..$2,083,620
3) Baltimore Co. Councilman Kevin Kamenetz…...$1,110,335
4) Baltimore Co. Executive Jim Smith……………...$1,082,733
5) Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller………..$734,946

And, unless something changes dramatically, odds are that next year at this time the people on that list will be getting sworn in to office.
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